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24th May 2023

5 epic adventures to try in Ireland’s Ancient East

Sarah McKenna Barry

In partnership with DiscoverIreland.

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Ireland’s Ancient East is renowned for its rich cultural life, but it’s also a major destination for active adventure in the great outdoors.

For unbeatable thrilling activities this summer, the east is the ideal destination. From kayaking to canoeing, biking to hiking, Ireland’s Ancient East is waiting for you to discover it, and we’ve rounded up the very best adventures the region has to offer.

With breath-taking scenic walks to rugged coastal shores, there is so much to discover in this region. Book a break today, and take your summer getaway to the next level with these unmissable activities.

Glen of Aherlow Looped Walks, Co. Tipperary

The Galtee Mountains in Co. Tipperary are lovingly referred to as a walker’s paradise, and we can see why. The Glen Of Aherlow is one of Ireland’s most breath-taking walking spots, and it should be top of your list if you’re heading to Tipperary this summer.

Take your pick from one of the eight looped walks on Slievenamuck or the two linear walks in the Galtee Mountains. These routes vary in difficulty, so you’re bound to find one that suits your ability. Regardless of which hike you choose, you’ll be offered unparalleled views of the unspoiled Tipperary countryside.

Rally Driving Experiences, Co. Monaghan

Fulfil a lifelong dream with a real bucket-list experience in Co. Monaghan this summer.

Rally School Ireland are motorsports specialists, and they offer exhilarating rally-driving experiences under the safe supervision of a qualified instructor. Select your favourite car, whether that’s a Porsche a BMW or a classic Ariel Nomad, and head to the rally for a series of unforgettable laps.

Carlingford Adventure Centre, Co. Louth

If you’re craving thrilling adventure on your next getaway in Ireland’s Ancient East, Carlingford Adventure Centre will deliver on every front. Take to the water with kayaking, canoeing and water trampolining, try a new sport like laser quest or archery or for a high-flung adventure, challenge yourself with rock climbing, abseiling or the high ropes course. Whatever your adventure vibe is this summer, you’re bound to find an activity for you at Carlingford Adventure Centre.

Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours, Co. Cork

Enjoy Cork off the beaten track with a guided bike tour from Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours. Led by a Cork native, you’ll cycle through this vibrant city, taking in its milestones, city parks and its iconic colourful streets. During your cycle, you’ll also delve into Cork’s history, from early Christianity to the Viking era to today. As well as being a great way to see the city, you’ll leave with a solid understanding of its layout and a deeper familiarity with its nooks and crannies.

Kilkenny Boat Trips, Co. Kilkenny

Take to the waters this summer and venture down the River Nore with Kilkenny Boat Trips. Climb aboard and you’ll get the chance to hear the history and mythology that surrounds Kilkenny’s ancient river folk. You’ll also be in a prime spot to see some great flora and fauna. As your traditional Irish open boat makes it way down the river, take a moment to enjoy the surrounding tranquility and breathe in your peaceful setting.

In partnership with DiscoverIreland.

So, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to explore Ireland’s Ancient East. 

The Leave No Trace principles help us make as little an impact as possible on the incredible Irish landscape as we explore the outdoors this summer and beyond. Keep outdoor areas safe, clean and free from waste/hazards, and help protect the natural environment. Love this place, leave no trace. 

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